Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Know your kuehs

Kuehs are desserts in English and the list here are some of the famous local desserts. I can never remember it all even though most of it are my favourites. So am keeping it here for my reference :-)

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

MPOV: Jonathan Livingston Seagull

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 3.81/5

First published: 1970
Author: Robert Bach
Genre: classic literature, philosophy, inspirational, self-help novella

This is a story for people who follow their hearts and make their own rules...people who get special pleasure out of doing something well, even if only for themselves...people who know there's more to this living than meets the eye: they’ll be right there with Jonathan, flying higher and faster than ever they dreamed.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is no ordinary bird. He believes it is every gull's right to fly, to reach the ultimate freedom of challenge and discovery, finding his greatest reward in teaching younger gulls the joy of flight and the power of dreams. The special 20th anniversary release of this spiritual classic!

The above taken from Goodreads.

I find this novella intriguing as it's filled with lots of photos of seagulls LOL! Though mostly in black and white, I did find it funny to relate those photos to this book as it's mostly in flying mode which looked the same to me. It didn't show the different types of flying techniques etc. Oh well, seagulls are seagulls, or not.

This inspiring story tells of individuality, stay true to oneself, perseverance and hard work. As long as you put your mind to it, you'll succeed and not let the majority's negativeness stopped you from achieving your dream. It's such a nice motivational way of inspiring others by using seagulls instead of the conventional dogs and cats. It's truly creative, who would have thought that this is from 1970!

Such a simple book with a magnitude of meaningful hidden messages, definitely a book worth reading. It also serves as a great gift to a loved one. Ending this review with this quote:
When there is a will, there is always a way!

Monday, 18 June 2018

Happy Dumpling Festival! 端午节

It's Dumpling Festival today which is celebrated all over the Chinese world on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month. It is also known as Dragon Boat Festival in China.

You can read more of it here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Boat_Festival

Image credit: Kwai Ken Ah Pang

Friday, 15 June 2018

Selamat Hari Raya!

Wishing all Muslim friends and readers Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! Maaf Zahir dan Batin!

A very Happy Holidays to all, drive safe expecially during this long weekend!

Thursday, 14 June 2018

MPOV: A Premature Apocalypse: The Dry Bones Society #3 (e-ARC)

My rating: 4/5

Expected released: June 24, 2018
Author: Dan Sofer
Genre: fiction, fantasy, religious
Where to pre-order: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aprematureapocalypse

The final novel in the award-winning Dry Bones Society trilogy.

WORLD WAR III IS THE LEAST OF HIS PROBLEMS...

Everyone knows Moshe Karlin is the Messiah. Except for Moshe Karlin.

As he wields his newfound political power to fix Israeli society, natural disasters--and some very unnatural disasters--devastate the Holy Land and turn his plans to dust.

World War III inches nearer and the planet's fate dangles by a thread. With time running out until the End of History, Moshe must overcome unimaginable obstacles and diabolic opponents to fulfill his destiny... and uncover the shocking truth of the long-awaited Redemption!

Elsewhere in Jerusalem, a lovesick suicide bomber gets a lucky break, a reformed criminal makes a devastating decision, and a broken prophet defies death one last time.

The above taken from Goodreads. I've received this e-ARC in return for my honest review.

Finally finished reading the last book of The Dry Bones Society trilogy! I had not expected it to end so soon! Trying hard not to reveal much so as to stay spoiler free! In summary, open communication and teamwork are the key fundamentals to a successful relationship be it in a family or at work.

Oh well, it's not a zombie apocalypse as I had hoped for but more about the current political turmoil in Israel which has been 'fictionised' into this trilogy. Of Jews and Gaza, of Resurrection and Redemption, of Messiahs and Prophet, with the American - Russian - Israel politics and fake news in abundance. It is so realistically relatable and current with the ideal ending the author has in mind for his country.

Fast paced with straight forward prose, I can imagine the end in mind even though I was midway through. However, there were a few unexpected ones which made it more enthralling! It's an awesome read with a full circle, ending with a triumphant note... a 'happy ever after' kinda ending. Such detailed plots with many curve balls were so engaging from the start and it's truly nice that it ended with a BOOM!

As this is a trilogy, you can get all 3 books from Amazon. This last book is available for pre-order now at Amazon from link as per below:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aprematureapocalypse

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

How old is my dog in human years?

Someone shared this in Facebook so it's more for my record... to take note of my dear Minnie's age. She's 9 this year and of medium built meaning she's 56 in human years!!! OMG! She's older than me LOL!!! No wonder she behaves like an old lady sometimes! Oh well, she'll always be my baby pup :-)

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Throwback to my third crochet workshop

I've just completed another basic coaster workshop last Saturday at Lit Books for another 2 students. It was an amazing feeling, watching them finished crocheting their coasters!
Thank you so much, Audrey and Ai Jou, for the support!
Yummy coffee set from Lit Books!
I'm in the midst of coming up with videos for referencing and also a new workshop for book sleeve, most likely end of July! If you are interested to learn basic crochet coaster, please send me an email for more details!

Monday, 11 June 2018

MPOV: An Accidental Messiah: The Dry Bones Society #2 (e-ARC)

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 4.49/5

Published: October 22, 2017
Author: Dan Sofer
Genre: fantasy, fiction, religious
Where to buy: https://www.amazon.com/Accidental-Messiah-Novel-Bones-Society-ebook/

HE DEFEATED DEATH. WILL HE BEAT BUREAUCRACY?

Rooms at the Dry Bones Society are filling up as more and more Israelis leave their graves to rejoin the living. But not everyone is happy to see them.

When Moshe Karlin stands up for their rights, his quest for a brighter future leads through a minefield of treacherous politicians and brutal criminals. Will he usher in an era of peaceful Utopia or trigger a civil war?

Elsewhere in Jerusalem, a recovering prophet hides his apocalyptic delusions, a scientist unearths the shocking secret to peace in the Middle East, and a lovesick suicide bomber wanders the streets in search of his own personal redemption.

In the midst of it all, one chronic latecomer is on everyone’s mind—the Messiah!

An Accidental Messiah is the second novel in the award-winning, “highly original,” and “heartwarming” Dry Bones Society series.

If you enjoy page-turners sprinkled with mystery and adventure, humor and non-stop surprises, then you will love this romp in the Jewish legends of the Messiah and the Final Redemption.

The above taken from Goodreads. I have received this e-ARC in return for my honest review.

This is a continuation from An Unexpected Afterlife, the second book of The Dry Bones Society trilogy. I've thoroughly enjoyed the first one hence my expectation is much higher this time around. Still a page turner with many new characters flooding into the book, unfortunately, I did get lost this time. Thankfully, with the few main characters weaving in and out, I was able to grasp it and kinda enjoy it overall. It's truly thought provoking touching on politics, religion and science, Dan Sofer had definitely done a thorough research and made it so relatable especially with our current world political stigma.

Overall, it's an entertaining book which I can totally imagined it like watching a movie in the cinema. It's intriguing plots had me finishing it sooner than expected. There may be fillers here and there, sometimes predictable plots but it was enthralling nonetheless, fast paced yet with a straightforward prose. With such ending, can't wait to start on the last book, A Premature Apocalypse! Resurrection, Messiah, Restart... I sure hope it ends with a big bang!

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